Qohor's army outside of the walls of the city
|Location||Essos, Free Cities, the Forest of Qohor|
|Religion||Black Goat of Qohor|
- See also: Images of Qohor
Standing on the banks of the river Qhoyne, a tributary of the Rhoyne, on the western edge of the Forest of Qohor, the city is seen as a gateway to the east. Qohor is surrounded by strong stone walls.
Northwest of Qohor is Norvos and to the south Volantis. The Qohorik rule the Qhoyne north of the ruins of Ar Noy and the eastern bank of the Darkwash, although that river's western bank is within the domains of Norvos.
Maesters consider Qohor the most exotic of the Free Cities, due to its status as the western terminus for overland trade networks stretching all the way to Yi Ti (though this contact is often indirect). The dark arts, such as divination, blood magic, and necromancy, are believed to be practiced in the City of Sorcerers.
The Qohorik believe in a dark god, the Black Goat of Qohor, who demands a daily blood sacrifice, such as calves, bullocks and horses on regular days or condemned criminals on holy days. In times of crisis, the nobles of the city are willing to sacrifice their own children in the hopes that their god will defend the city. Followers of R'hllor can also be found in Qohor.
Qohor is also famous for its hunters, foresters, and artisans. The Qohorik have a small city watch. Ever since the Battle of Qohor, the city's defense have instead been entrusted to Unsullied from Astapor, each carrying a spear with a braid of human hair. Occasionally, Qohor also hires free companies, and is one of several Free Cities to offer gifts to Dothraki khals so that khalasars will pass on.
Due to its location, Qohor functions as the gateway to the Dothraki sea and the lands beyond. Trading caravans bound for or returning from Vaes Dothrak provision themselves in Qohor before heading towards the Dothraki sea. In turn, overland merchant caravans from Yi Ti head west over the Bone Mountains to Vaes Dothrak, where they trade with merchants from the Free Cities. The overland trade routes are long and can be dangerous, but they are preferred by merchants who wish to avoid the exorbitant taxes that Qarth imposes on the shipping lanes that pass through its straits to the south. Trade has helped make Qohor one of the most richest of the Free Cities, although the city was richer before the Kingdom of Sarnor was destroyed.
The Forest of Qohor is the principal source of wealth of the city. Timber is shipped down the Qhoyne to Dagger Lake, Selhorys, Valysar, Volon Therys, and Volantis. Many other valuables can be found in the Forest of Qohor. Qohorik tapestries are comparable in to those made by the Myrish, though cheaper. Exquisite wooden carvings are sold in the city's markets as well.
Qohorik forges are considered to have no equal. The armor they create is seen as superior to the armor made in Westeros. They are capable of infusing a deep color into the metal with beautiful results. Additionally, the Qohorik are the only ones in the world who still possess the knowledge on how to rework Valyrian steel, a secret they guard strictly. According to Maester Pol, blood sacrifices are used when the Qohorik rework Valyrian steel.
The initial settlement of Qohor was a lumber camp along the Forest of Qohor. Qohor was colonized by followers of the Black Goat. The religious dissidents abandoned Valyria, rejecting the religious tolerance practiced by the Valyrian Freehold.
Century of Blood
- Main article: Century of Blood
Shortly after the Doom of Valyria, the dragonlord Aurion raised a host of Qohorik colonists and proclaimed himself the Emperor of Valyria. He marched with thirty thousand men to claim what remained of the Valyrian peninsula, but none were seen again.
At the start of the Century of Blood that followed the Doom, Khal Temmo rode from the east with a Dothraki khalasar of fifty thousand. The Dothraki crushed the Qohorik heavy horse, and the sellswords in the city's service fled. Three thousand Unsullied, slave soldiers from Astapor, withstood the Dothraki charges, however, and saved the city. Since the victory of the famed Three Thousand of Qohor, the city's defenses have been mostly left to the Unsullied.
Towards the end of the Century of Blood, Qohor formed an alliance with Norvos and broke Volantene power on the Rhoyne in a battle involving fire galleys on Dagger Lake. The Qohorik and Norvoshi are usually peaceful toward each other, although the bearded priests of Norvos consider the Black Goat to be demonic.
Shortly after being created in 211 AC, the Golden Company sacked Qohor, after the city refused to honor the contract it had made with the company. This event established the reputation of the sellword company.
Tobho Mott in King's Landing learned to smith in Qohor, and is one of the few to know how to rework Valyrian steel. Maester Pol was whipped on three occasions when looking into the matter of reworking the steel. He eventually had a hand removed and was exiled.
Ben Plumm claims to be part Qohorik, through his grandmother. The slave Belwas was sold from Meereen to Qohor, before being sold to Pentos. During their exile, Viserys and Daenerys Targaryen spent some time in Qohor when they were wandering from place to place.
A Game of Thrones
A Clash of Kings
The Brave Companions, a sellsword company also known as the Bloody Mummers, is led by the Qohorik Vargo Hoat. They take part in the War of the Five Kings on the side of House Lannister. Vargo changes sides during the conflict, supporting Robb Stark instead, and aids Lord Roose Bolton against the Lannisters in the fall of Harrenhal.
A Storm of Swords
Fearing retribution if Roose defects to the side of House Lannister, Vargo maims Ser Jaime Lannister by cutting off his sword hand, hoping to break the possibility of an alliance between Roose and Lord Tywin Lannister.
In the aftermath of the Red Wedding, Ser Gregor Clegane captures Harrenhal from the few remaining Brave Companions. and Vargo's hands are cut off. Vargo is killed by Gregor before the latter leaves for King's Landing.
A Feast for Crows
References and Notes
- ↑ 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 The World of Ice & Fire, The Free Cities: Qohor.
- ↑ The Lands of Ice and Fire, The Free Cities.
- ↑ A Dance with Dragons, Map of the Free Cities
- ↑ The Lands of Ice and Fire, The Known World.
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 14, Tyrion IV.
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 The World of Ice & Fire, The Free Cities: Norvos.
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 21, The Queenmaker.
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 8, Daenerys I.
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 23, Daenerys III.
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 The World of Ice & Fire, Ancient History: The Doom of Valyria.
- ↑ The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aerys I.
- ↑ George R. R. Martin's A World of Ice and Fire, Aegor Rivers.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 72, Jaime IX.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 57, Daenerys V.
- ↑ A Clash of Kings, Chapter 63, Daenerys V.
- ↑ A Game of Thrones, Chapter 3, Daenerys I.
- ↑ A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 8, Tyrion III.
- ↑ The Lands of Ice and Fire, Journeys.
- ↑ A Clash of Kings, Chapter 7, Catelyn I.
- ↑ A Clash of Kings, Appendix.
- ↑ A Clash of Kings, Chapter 47, Arya IX.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 21, Jaime III.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 37, Jaime V.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 60, Tyrion VIII.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 74, Arya XIII.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 62, Jaime VII.
- ↑ A Feast for Crows, Chapter 20, Brienne IV.